Jeremy Corbyn attended event held by Muslim group accused of hosting preachers with extremist views

By Jack Maidment, Daily Telegraph

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Jeremy Corbyn attended an event in Parliament held by a Muslim group accused of hosting preachers with extremist views.

Mr Corbyn reportedly addressed the Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) event on Wednesday evening with a handful of Labour MPs also believed to have attended.

Mend was this week accused by a think tank of being “Islamists masquerading as civil libertarians”.

Mr Corbyn’s appearance at the event came after it was also reported that he has refused to attend an official dinner on Thursday evening with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 British statement that helped pave the way for the creation of Israel …

The Henry Jackson Society claimed in a report published earlier this week that “Mend meets the government’s own definition of extremism” and had “regularly hosted illiberal, intolerant and extremist Islamist speakers”.

Tom Wilson, the author of the report and a research fellow at the think tank, said when it was published: “Public figures and elected officials agreeing to speak at Mend’s events should be aware that this is an organisation which has hosted preachers known for their extremist and intolerant views.

Read more in The Telegraph.


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